However, things may be set to change, as Stephen Hayes, Managing Director of Beckhoff Automation UK, explains.Automation has been a consistent priority for industrial business leaders for much of the past decade. Findings from BDO’s 2019 New Economy: Investing in Automation report highlighted that 87 percent of surveyed UK businesses had invested in automating a key process in the previous 12 months. In addition, 21 percent of chief financial officers identified automation as their most important investment for the coming years.Then there is the 2020 annual manufacturing report, which reported that 63 percent of businesses have already actively adopted automation and robotics. Together, these surveys paint a clear picture of an industry already reasonably automated, with further automation investments on the horizon.
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